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I hope everyone is surviving the wonderful weather! I woke up at 4 am Sunday morning to find the electricity was off and according to my clock it went off around midnight; but fortunately, it came back on around 9 am Sunday morning. That was a minor bother. Late last night the water company that provides water to the City of Hopewell and some communities in Prince George County notified its customers that it only had enough water in the main tower to last 2 hours and that it was offline while waiting to Dominion Energy to replace a transformer and as of the writing of this email we are still without water.
But let’s get to the important information. The March 6th Quarterly meeting is moving to a Zoom format with Tom Shearer and Jeff Taylor heading up the duties of running the Zoom operations. There will also be a meeting of the Executive Board on Wednesday the 3rd of March starting at 7:00pm. More information and agendas for both meetings will be out this week (check the CAPVA website).

Earlier, I sent out information concerning the Oratorical Contest and information about where to find OI’s guidance on doing a Virtual Oratorical Contest in your Clubs. It has been decided that the District Oratorical Contest will also be virtual. This will take place on Saturday, April 17th. Those Clubs that will be having participants for the District Contest need to contact the “small committee” that will be assisting Angie Wharton (Chair, Oratorical Contest) so that they can explain how the contest will run. All participants will present via Zoom on the 17th, Jeff Taylor will edit nonparticipant items (name, video review of the room/time of day) he in turn will had a “letter” for each participant as has been done in the past and add a small 30 to 60 second break between each participant. The judges will view the edited recording at a later date and there will be the normal time of each judge to complete their evaluations. Upon completing the evaluations of all the participants, the judges will then go into a “separate Zoom room” to discuss their evaluations with only Optimists in the room will be the timekeeper and Angie.

Upon agreeing on the first, second and third place winners they will rejoin the other Optimist present and all the participants will be invited to join in that Zoom meeting where the top three participants will be announced. The top three participants will be invited to present in Fredericksburg at our 3rd Quarterly meeting to receive their plaques. This dedicated group of Optimist volunteers are Jeff Taylor and Tom Shearer, Angie Wharton and with me hanging around. If you have questions about the logistics of the contest, please contact Tom or Jeff and if you have general questions about the registration please contact Angie.

Finally, the Essay contest. All Essays must be in Pat Steininger’s hands not LATER THAN 2-28-2021. Please keep in mind that the 28th is a Sunday and the mail service in Hopewell is beyond horrible. Pat’s address is:
Pat Steininger
3905 Yorkshire Place
Hopewell, VA 23860

Don’t forget Atlanta, International Convention registration is open and the hotel is accepting reservations. It is easy to get to and is going to be a lot of FUN!


Thomas Dance Wagstaff
Optimist Clubs of Greater Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell & Amman Jordan
Governor Capital Virginia District 20-21 

UPDATED!!! Capital-Virginia 2nd Quarter District Conference on Zoom

NOTE DATE CHANGE a & VENUE CHANGE!!! The Capital-Virginia 2nd Quarter District Conference is NOW scheduled for March 6th ONLINE through ZOOM from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Based on the current status of COVID-19 I have discussed the second quarter meeting should be ONLINE through ZOOM. Information will be sent out closer to the meeting.

The Executive Committee will meeting either Wednesday or Thursday evening by Zoom. Agenda will be out by mid-January and date for Zoom meeting.

I am pleased to announce that the Greater Richmond Club is the sponsor of the newest International Club, the Amman Jordan Club. GROC members Susan Davis and myself both (along with OI President Mark) spoke at their membership and officer installation performed by Jim Boyd via Zoom.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of an international club please let me know and I’ll give you a very brief overview before sending you to Jim Boyd at OI.

I look forward to seeing a lot of you o the 27th of February, of course still depending upon the Governor’s Covid-19 restrictions in place at that time.   The space we will be using is our “gym” so social distancing is not a problem.

“I make a difference because I am an OPTIMIST’
Optimist Clubs of Greater Richmond, Colonial Heights & Hopewell
Governor Capital Virginia District 20-21

Fellow Optimist,

I am Tom Wagstaff and I have the honor to serve as the 20-21 Governor of Capital Virginia District of Optimist International and welcome to the 20-21 Optimist year! While many of us feel that the 19-20 year would never end, cancelled meeting, cancelled fund raisers and many of our usual activities suffering the same fate since we last met in person in February of this year.

We are now in a new year and let us think not of the past, but “press on to the greater achievements of the future”.

For those of you who have not heard, the first Quarterly Meeting for the 20-21 year will be in Lynchburg October 30 and 31. Yes, Halloween so think of a Optimist related (or not) costume and come see many of your friends that you have not seen so some time. The hotel is providing social distancing for the meetings and meals. Information and a link to the registration form are below!

Like the Marines, CapVa Optimist is looking for a FEW GOOD OPTIMIST to fill the vacant positions as Lt. Governors for Zones 4, 5 and 6. This assignment is not overwhelming and is important to the continued success of OUR organization. If you are willing the step up please let me know. I can be reached via email or telephone (804.339.2124) .

If you are Club President or other officer your should have completed training utilizing the Optimist International Learning Management System which is on the Optimist International website. There is a small cost involved, but this can be covered by your Club.

A special Thank You to the Clubs that completed the annual Club Officer elections report, the names on this email came from OI information and if you are an immediate Past President or Secretary (/Treasurer) please send me the names and emails addresses of your replacements.

Finally, please keep Immediate Past Governor Chuck and his wife Pat in your thoughts and prayers. Church and Pat are taking it day by day with an Optimist outlook.

Let us work together during the coming Optimist year on retaining members, bringing in New Optimist and a “FEW NEW GOOD CLUBS” so we many continue to serve our communities and especially the YOUTH in the communities.

While serving as the CEO of a nonprofit anti-poverty agency I started utilizing a simple statement on all of our Branded items. It simply said “I make a difference” and I believe it is fitting to change that to ”I make a difference because I am an OPTIMIST”, because we do make a DIFFERENCE!

I look forward to meeting and working with each of you.


Thomas Dance Wagstaff
Optimist Clubs of Greater Richmond, Colonial Heights & Hopewell
Governor Capital Virginia District 20-21


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